Opening the Doors: Celebrating the Center for Community Engagement

On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, 2007, Amherst College celebrated its culture of engagement with a series of events. All members of the broad Amherst community were invited to participate.

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Amherst College Football Team Huddles for Habitat for Humanity

January 22, 2007 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Members of the Amherst College football team are putting their shoulders into a different kind of workout this week: building a Habitat for Humanity home. The student athletes and their coaches will be spending their days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., working at the Stanley Street site this week.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst College Leads in Community Engagement

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Thoughts on Amherst's Future

Letter from Anthony W. Marx September 22, 2006 Dear Alumni and Friends, I write directly for the first time to all alumni and friends because of the important decisions that Amherst now faces. At this juncture in the history of the College, I invite you to join a conversation to set our course for the next generation. From talking with many of you over the past three years, I have heard longstanding questions, including: How will Amherst produce accountable leaders in a period of globalization and accelerating change? How will the College maintain the finest undergraduate experience and its leadership in higher education?

Community Engagement

Many alumni are enthusiastic about the launch of a new Center for Community Engagement at Amherst, and shared with me their experiences of service work during their college years and in their later lives. We applaud their efforts! “As an active participant in the Amherst community service program, a two-time AmeriCorps alum, and the creator of a youth service program in Silicon Valley following graduation, I sincerely appreciate the new emphasis on community engagement. My Amherst education was a wonderful foundation, but it was working out in the community that truly helped me learn how to effectively work with others to try to create social change.” — Alumna, Class of 1997

Charting a Course for Amherst's Future

Welcome. I encourage you to participate in ongoing discussions about the future direction and priorities of Amherst College. As mentioned in my letter, you can send me your reactions via e-mail to This page will feature my responses to comments and questions from alumni, parents and friends; additional information about emerging initiatives; and related information. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently for updates.